Student organizations plan 5K to support EB research, local child

Mississippi State University’s Montgomery Leadership Program and Army ROTC Bulldog Battalion will hold a 5K run to support a local child battling a rare genetic tissue disorder.

The April 12 run set for 6:30 p.m. at the Leo Seal Football Complex is planned to show support for Gabe Valentine, an 8-year-old who has a condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa, commonly known as EB. The disorder causes Gabe’s skin to blister and results in open wounds. He is the son of Michael and Nell Valentine, MSU faculty and staff members.

A third-grade student at Henderson-Ward-Stewart in Starkville, Gabe also is an avid MSU sports fan. He’s an honorary member of MSU’s Army ROTC program, and he fires the cannon at MSU football games when the team takes the field.

Proceeds from the race will go to the EB Research Partnership to benefit research and development for a cure. For details, visit To learn more about Gabe and share messages of support, visit

Organizers are asking participants to register by Monday [March 27] in order to receive a t-shirt, but registration will continue until race day. The registration fee is $20.

Register online at For additional information, contact Brendan Jones at or call 601-596-2704.

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